Football Viewers’ Guide: Week 9

first_imgIncarnate Word at Nicholls, Saturday, 3 p.m. CTOnline:Southland Digital Networkhttp://Southland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsTalent:Bryant Johnson, play-by-playSeth Thomas, analyst Houston Baptist at Northwestern State, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:DemonTVhttps://sland.social/HBUatNSUNorthwestern State Athletics appTalent:Patrick Netherton, play-by-playTony Taglavore, analyst FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference Game of the Week on ESPN3 is Central Arkansas at McNeese, a battle between FCS Top 25 teams. The Bears and Cowboys play for the Red Beans and Rice Bowl trophy, which was estabilished prior to the 2008 game in this rivalry. Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State, Saturday, 1 p.m. CTNational Television (LIVE):Eleven SportsDirecTV 623AT&T U-verse 1665Channel finderOnline (LIVE):Southland Digital Networkhttp://Southland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsRegional Television (DELAYED – 8 PM CT):Cox Sports TVChannel finderTalent:Gerald Sanchez, play-by-playJohn Harris, analystJerrod Johnson, reportercenter_img Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, 3 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+https://sland.social/LUatSFAESPN appsTalent:Rob Meyers, play-by-playKevin Langford, analyst Central Arkansas at McNeese, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN3https://sland.social/UCAatMCNESPN appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playRene Nadeau, analystlast_img read more

LONG-FUSED ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR BIDS FOR 6TH GRADED STAKES WIN IN FRIDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF

first_imgLONG-FUSED ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR BIDS FOR 6TH GRADED STAKES WIN IN FRIDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF TRAINED BY EURTON, VENERABLE 8-YEAR-OLD GELDING TO MAKE 32ND CAREER START          ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2019)–With the attention of the racing world riveted on Santa Anita Park’s reopening this Friday, trainer Peter Eurton’s venerable California-bred 8-year-old gelding Ashleyluvssugar will be seeking his sixth graded stakes victory in the day’s main event, the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf.Second in his only start this year, the Unusual Heat Turf Classic versus state-breds at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 26, Ashleyluvssugar, who won the San Luis Rey in 2015, will be facing stiff competition from the likes of Beach View, Epical, Risky Proposition, Unapologetic and Marckie’s Water.ASHLEYLUVSSUGAROwner:  Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLCTrainer:  Peter EurtonSecond, beaten 2 ¼ lengths as the 5-2 favorite in the Sunshine Millions Turf Classic Jan. 26, this rugged California-bred gelding by Game Plan, out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly, has two wins from five lifetime starts at the marathon mile and one half on turf and his connections are hoping he can improve on Friday in his second start of the year.  Winless in his last nine starts, Kent Desormeaux will try his hand for the very first time as “Ashley” makes his 32nd career start.  Although he won the 2015 San Luis Rey from far off the early pace, he’s proven effective when laying close or on the early lead as well.  With an overall mark of 31-10-6-4, Ashleyluvssugar has earnings of $1,431,039.BEACH VIEWOwner:  Levy RacingTrainer:  Leonard PowellMost recently third, beaten one length in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 9, this lightly raced 6-year-old full horse by Giant’s Causeway rallied boldly from far off the early pace on Feb. 9 and would appreciate a fast pace as he bids for his second graded stakes win in what will be his 14th career start.  With one win from two tries at the San Luis Rey distance, Beach View has come to hand for Powell and has finished well in all of his recent turf starts.  Although it was run on dirt, he was a three quarter length winner of the Grade III Cougar II Handicap at 1 ½ miles four starts back on July 25 at Del Mar.EPICALOwner:  D P Racing, LLCTrainer:  James CassidySecond, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade II San Marcos here on Feb. 9, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo gelding finished a neck in front of Beach View while earning a 96 Beyer Speed figure for the third consecutive time.  A front-running winner of two consecutive turf allowances, on Nov. 15,  going 1 3/8 miles at Del Mar and on Dec. 28, at 1 1/8 miles here, Epical was seventh in a field of 13 after the first quarter mile in the San Marcos and rallied well for the place.  With Tyler Baze up for the fifth consecutive time, look for Epical to be forwardly place on Friday as he seeks his first graded win while trying the marathon mile and one half for the first time.RISKY PROPOSITIONOwner:  Tom Acker, Barry Becker, Judith Becker, Michael Bloom, Jon Lindo & Thomas Wafer, Jr.Trainer:  Bill SpawrClaimed six starts back for $50,000, this 4-year-old Bodemeister gelding comes off what appears to be his best career race, as he rallied from off the pace to register a half length win in a one mile turf allowance here on Feb. 17.  With class and the marathon distance looming as question marks heading into Friday, Risky Proposition, who counts a restricted stakes win at one mile on turf among his four victories from 11 starts, will hope to be a “live proposition” at an enticing price with Drayden Van Dyke up for the first time.UNAPOLOGETICOwner:  Tom Acker, Allen Racing, LLC, Michael Bloom & Jon LindoTrainer:  Bill SpawrA non-threatening seventh in the Feb. 9 San Marcos Stakes, this 6-year-old Temple City gelding ran perhaps the best race of his career two starts back as he rallied from far back to take a 1 3/8 mile turf allowance by a half length, earning a career-best 95 Beyer Speed figure.  A winner of three of his eight starts in what was his best year on the track last year, Unapologetic will be ridden back by Geovanni Franco in his second start of 2019.  With an overall mark of 28-6-5-2, he has earnings of $253,176.MARCKIE’S WATEROwner:  Little Red Feather Racing & Norman TavaresTrainer:  Richard BaltasAlthough a well beaten 10th as the 5-2 second choice in the Unusual Heat Turf Classic Jan. 26, this 5-year-old full California-bred horse by Tribal Rule was a close fourth two starts back in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles on turf Nov. 23 at Del Mar.  Attentive to the pace three starts back, he posted a sharp one length win in a 1 ¼ miles turf allowance here on Oct. 26.  A California-bred stakes winner here at age three, Marckie’s Water has three wins from eight tries over the course.  With four wins from 15 overall starts, he has earnings of $264,963 as he seeks his first graded stakes victory.THE GRADE II SAN LUIS REY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 7 of 8  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTEpical–Tyler Baze–120Risky Proposition–Drayden Van Dyke–120Unapologetic–Geovanni Franco–120Beach View–Rafael Bejarano–122Marckie’s Water–Mario Gutierrez–120Ashleyluvssugar–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR LIVE RACING THROUGH WEEKEND PER ORDER OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

first_imgSANTA ANITA TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR LIVE RACING THROUGH WEEKEND PER ORDER OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTSanta Anita Park will remain closed for live racing through this weekend as it abides by the order issued last week from the Los Angeles County Health Department as it relates to essential businesses.  At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Santa Anita Park.The prestigious Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Oaks, which were set to headline the racing program on Saturday, April 4, will be rescheduled for later in the season after racing resumes.At Santa Anita Park, the health, safety and welfare of every person and every horse in our community remains our top priority.  We are continuing to have constructive dialogue with the LA County Health Department and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and her staff.  In cooperation with our industry stake holders, a proposal was submitted earlier this week which we believe was fully responsive to their requests.  We have yet to receive a satisfactory response to that proposal.Numerous racetracks around the country are continuing to operate.  They are running for exactly the same reasons that Santa Anita is trying to communicate to LA County officials — because the consequences of closing down the economic engine that fuels the community makes the risks and potential issues significantly worse when racing is closed and only training allowed.There are over 1,700 horses stabled at Santa Anita who require daily care provided by more than 750 backstretch team members. Most of these team members live on-site and have been operating under stringent new measures for protection aligned with the best guidance from local and international health and government authorities on COVID-19. The track has been closed to the general public and closed to all but essential personnel since March 12, 2020.We will continue to work with county health authorities to familiarize them with the protocols already in place and our plans to protect the health and safety of the community who works with the horses and calls Santa Anita home.We look forward to the return of live racing at Santa Anita as soon as approval is received from local regulators.last_img read more

“We have to change for Serena to win her 24th Grand Slam”

first_imgSerena Williams continues to be decided to match and even beat the document of 24 Grand Slam titles held by Australian Margaret Court docket. The American misplaced a beneficial alternative to match this document over the last Australian Open, the place she fell within the third spherical of the event in opposition to the Chinese language Qiang Wang.Talking to the BBC, Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams, analyzed the present state of affairs of the Saginaw participant in her problem to attain Court docket. “We have to settle for the truth that this isn’t working. Maybe with one other perspective, one other technique and totally different aims Serena can obtain its 24th Grand Slam. She feels optimistic but in addition detrimental, since she considers it a failure when she loses in a Grand Slam. We have to settle for actuality, however Serena is optimistic and believes she will be able to do it. If not, I wouldn’t be taking part in on a tennis court docket. “ Mouratoglou believes that, in the end, Serena will attain that determine, though she has not received a Grand Slam for the reason that 2017 Australian Open though she has performed 4 Grand Slam finals (two in Wimbledon and two within the US Open since then ). “She thinks she will be able to do it and I believe so too. It’s not far, however we have to change some issues. It’s arduous to know what number of alternatives she is going to have. I don’t understand how lengthy she might be in a position to play. However having been in a position to attain the finals in 4 Grand Slam says rather a lot about her, and isn’t removed from reaching the twenty-fourth. “last_img read more

Fognini: “Federer and Djokovic are hard to beat, with Nadal it’s different”

first_imgFabio Fognini is among the most troublesome gamers that the circuit has given lately. The San Remo tennis participant has alternated nice sporting successes with some tone outings, which has not prevented him from being eleventh within the ATP rating.In an interview for the Dutch NRC, Fognini analyzed how his clashes with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal have been on the circuit. “When Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are on the high, it is vitally troublesome to beat them. They play very quick and don’t provide you with area. With Rafa Nadal it’s completely different. It’s a extra bodily recreation and destroys you mentally with the exchanges. However you possibly can play in opposition to him, you possibly can run. “ If we analyze Fognini’s video games in opposition to the gamers of the Huge Three, the Italian has confronted a complete of 16 occasions with Nadal, with a steadiness of 12 victories for the Balearic and 4 for the Italian, whereas within the eight video games he has performed in opposition to Djokovic and within the 4 matches with Federer, Fognini has fallen defeated.Fognini additionally talked about his temperamental conduct that has typically performed tips on him throughout video games. “Generally through the video games I get offended on the approach I play. Outdoors tennis I attempt to take pleasure in life. I’ve my character and sure, there have been issues that I had to have accomplished in another way in my profession. Generally I didn’t reap the benefits of my expertise. If I hadn’t been lazy, I’d have gone additional in tournaments. Many occasions I favor to sit on the sofa than prepare for a match. “last_img read more

“There are few options for Wimbledon to be held in June”

first_imgWimbledon will decide subsequent week, as assured by the supervisor of the All England Membership Richard Lewis: “The unprecedented threat posed by the COVID-19 disaster continues to have an effect on our lifestyle in methods we by no means imagined. Our ideas exit to everybody affected in the UK and the remainder of the world. An important factor now’s public well being and we should act responsibly with the selections that are made. We are working onerous to outline our plans for 2020 and we can have an emergency assembly subsequent week to decide. “ The 2020 Wimbledon match celebration remains to be in the air. The group of the All England Membership, which hosts the principle grass occasion on the calendar, will meet subsequent week to make a agency resolution, though there are already many voices in tennis that doubt that Wimbledon will be held from 29 of June.A type of figures is Lindsay Davenport. The previous American tennis participant, Wimbledon champion in 1999, commented on Tennis Channel that she doesn’t imagine that the London Grand Slam will be performed on schedule. “I believe there’s little likelihood of Wimbledon going down on the initially scheduled dates. We can have to see if the group chooses to postpone or cancel it. It might be very unhappy for everybody however we are going to wait to see what they are saying. However I believe it is not going to be performed on schedule. “last_img read more

From scarf to mask

first_imgSoccer, like many other aspects of life, will take time to return to being the way we left it before the serious health crisis that plagued the world. The clubs, as it is being seen in Germany, already use new methods in the first training sessions on the return: avoiding contacts, small groups… It will be the first step, that of the players returning to normality. There will be matches behind closed doors, although over time it will also begin to allow fans to enter the stadiums to gradually regain normality. It is there, in the return of the hobbies, where the initiative promoted by Upcycool: use personalized hygienic masks. Just as scarves color the stands, the same would happen with masks, turning an exceptional situation into an opportunity to cheer on your teams.Upcycool is a Spanish company that was born in October 2019 to provide a solution to a problem that the vast majority of sports clubs have with surplus past equipment (shirts, pants …). They transformed them into backpacks, purses or personalized toiletry bags, turning those surpluses into recycled products. Now, in the face of the coronavirus crisis, they started this initiative: to manufacture personalized hygienic masks for teams. When the stadium doors are reopened for the public, it is normal for Health to impose preventive measures, among which it is foreseeable that the use of masks will be recommended. The idea is to distribute them at the entrances to the stadium, when the fans pass the control lathes. So, even if some bring theirs from home, in the field everyone will go with the personalized mask with the colors and the shield of their team. This will soften a reality that will be very strange for followers. “Personalized masks will make an anomalous situation more bearable for fans”, tells AS Diego Murugarren, co-founder of Upcycool. The company, like so many others in Spain, contacted the Government to manufacture and donate masks that have already been distributed in different hospitals and residences. As a result, the idea appears, when the crisis passes, customize 100% polypropylene face masks recycled to commercialize them between the soccer clubs, thinking about the return to normality.ReceptionThere are three First Clubs (Getafe, Leganés and Eibar) that have already transferred their interest in obtaining these masks, pending the approval of their purchase. “The reception of the idea among the clubs is being magnificent”, deepens Murugarren. Similarly, others such as Villarreal, Athletic, Real Sociedad or Valencia have received the proposal, are studying it and also see it with good eyes. They are new ideas to face the different reality that soccer is going to find …last_img read more

David Jiménez, president of ProLiga: “The RFEF proposal is a flight forward”

first_imgIt is that those approaches that had to play in July or August are unfeasible because the federal licenses and many labor contracts end at the end of the season. Volunteerism is a fundamental right of workers, you cannot force anyone to play in the summer. There are boys who are going to study abroad, who have signed with other clubs … There would be a lot of legal uncertainty regarding a possible end to the season in July and August.They also announced that they will double the budget of the salary guarantee fund so that no one can go uncollected.And not only do I have to take into account the loss of revenue from the closure of the facilities, I am also concerned about the coming season and the loss of all the backing sponsors. They will probably also start the season without public subsidies, some club has already been told that this money now has to be dedicated to other more urgent and priority things. The clubs do not know how to budget next season.These aid will have to return in two seasons, can it be bread for today and hunger for tomorrow?Yes, you have to be careful because it is nothing more than getting into debt. ProLiga has made two proposals to the Federation in this regard. One, that it was not only aimed at teams with professional licenses for footballers and yes for everyone who asked for it, because, although they are not the chips, they have other expenses. And the other, asking that clubs that had requested an ERTE before opening this option (since they do not have payrolls after the ERTE cannot justify that financing) are not left out of that financing.How much politics ahead of the next elections and how much sports organization is there in the decision that there are promotions and not decreases?From the moment you drop, you can piss off more clubs. Obviously, they try to find the proposal that generates the least discomfort. It is a flight forward: I propose this option and we will see how we correct it. Of course, the fairest thing is always to finish all competitions. You could also consider starting the next season with exactly the difference in points that the clubs have right now, without promotions or decreases.In principle, next season we would have 98 teams in Second B.But it is also not known if four of the Second Division will descend, so would 26 play in LaLiga SmartBank? It really is a proposal with many fringes to close and subject to improvisation. Another delicate issue is when this possible playoff is going to be played and when the next season begins, because it should not be so clear that it can be played in June. And what happens if a team starts training and a player tests positive? Is the entire team quarantined and stop competing? The Federation has a great responsibility.Is there a date for a next step?What the Federation explained in this statement. This week ideas will be collected and I understand that at the beginning of the next sit down and make it concrete. Yesterday the Federation surprised in mid-afternoon with a statement proposing an innovative model without a regular league and an express playoff. With this, Rubiales steps out of the letter ProLiga sent the day before, the amateur football association representing a large part of the 2nd, 3rd, Junior Honor Division and futsal clubs, transmitting the discomfort of the entities in these categories due to the uncertainty about this season.On Monday they sent a letter asking for solutions and arrived in one day.We have been in talks with the clubs for quite a few days and everyone was concerned. They have fixed expenses that are difficult to cope with less income. It is not easy to make decisions, but we understood that the Federation had to be asked to do so. At least they have put a proposal on the table, although it is not closed.Based on the complexity of the situation, has the RFEF acted on time? Is it normal that you should have been asked to react?It is difficult, to the last bull we can all talk. The Federation has had the same uncertainty and lack of information as many other sectors. It is logical that his first position is to stick to what the authorities mark. What they could have advanced is sitting with ProLiga, who are the ones who know the context of these clubs. With more time we could have given a possible solution before or offered this same solution, but in a more firm way.What do the clubs think?Honestly, at the moment we are in, it is impossible to make a proposal that everyone thinks is good. We have already spoken with clubs and each has its own interests. Those who were lower seemed good to avoid relegation and those who were higher seemed good, although with the uncertainty of what that playoff would be like. But there are teams that are fifth and complain that they could have ended up in promotion positions. Some would see it fairer than the classification taken into account is that of the first lap. We are in a moment to collect ideas and help with any proposal.Could any of these injured clubs take legal action?I do not know yet, but I would not be surprised if they could ask it. I am not an expert, but there are still certain legal connotations to consider.Does ProLiga offer any different proposal to this model?We represent associates in all positions, so it’s complicated. We must be one of the interlocutors mentioned by the RFEF in its statement. We are ready to contribute ideas, but we do not have a final proposal of our own.The Federation’s justification for this proposal is to create “a framework of legal, social and economic security”, what do you mean?last_img read more

Footballers, against LaLiga rallies

first_imgLaLiga sent the clubs the new action protocol days ago for the return to training (as we have been counting, possibly the second week of May), which is only an extension of the first one that was written a few weeks ago when the coronavirus already forced to stop the competition, at least, until the summer. It consists of four phases so that the performance of the professionals is optimal: preparation for training, solo training, group training and collective training. After its dissemination, the reactions have occurred: it is liked by the clubs (in fact it was approved by the LaLiga Delegate Commission in which 12 represent the 42), but it is not to the liking of the footballers or several coaches, the protagonists in field. According to some First and Second captains consulted off the record, and taking into account the opinions gathered by the Association of Spanish Footballers, a majority is especially opposed to the plan of the concentrations. These would be, at least, for 15 days before restarting the competition, if it is finally possible, with strict hygiene measures and controls, and could be reproduced during the remaining 11 days depending on the circumstances. The players, in principle, do not see logic and at most they could consider doing it a week. Technicians also don’t see the easy strategy to execute.“The procedure prepared by LaLiga starts from the possibility of being able to apply it in a confined way in a place closed to the outside such as a sports city or a concentration hotel, thus complying with the measures established by the State of Alarm decree”, the employer’s association says in its text, specifying that these measures will only be applied in phases three and four of this whole process (group training and collective training), while solo work may be carried out while the players and the coaching staff continue living in their usual homes. However, Busquets, who is vice president of the AFE Board, already positioned himself the other day at Cope: “We are going to be able to train little by little, one by one, but then it will be difficult to get together and travel. I don’t think it can be done. “ Suso already said it in Radio Sevilla when the first sketch of the protocol came out: “The same would have to be giving already LaLiga by finished”. And they have been joined by other voices from the bench such as Oltra (Racing): “The LaLiga protocol is complete nonsense.” Setien’s has been the strongest opinion: “If playing meant taking some kind of risk, I would reject it. I don’t know if the LaLiga protocol will be able to be followed. I have read it and I do not think it can be done. It requires very difficult logistics, I don’t know if you have to be so rigid. As it is stated, it seems unfeasible to start training soon ”. AFE, who will meet again in the next few hours with AFE, has seen some wink in the text to the proposals made by his union on his own after listening to his associates and the director of the Health department, Eugenio Martínez. The Federation thing has been worse. LaLiga has not taken into account almost none of the recommendations it made with its best will on April 11 in a report in which numerous professionals participated, from sports medicine specialists and physical trainers to researchers in Sports Sciences and Physical Education , with the direct of the RFEF medical services, Helena Herrero, at the helm. Beyond the deadlines of which he spoke in his proposal (21 days of preseason if the confinement is four weeks and a month of previous training if the break is six weeks), all kinds of solutions were proposed that either have not been reflected in the document or that, now with the new truce signed between Rubiales and Thebes with the CSD involved, are also included later when the protocol of closed-door matches is expanded, which still needs to be completed and that AS has already advanced: the RFEF spoke of expanding the number of players per squad to introducing two more changes in an exceptional way, proposed by the doctor and accepted by the referee , in addition to four breaks for hydration per encounter.Other professional soccer experts consulted (doctors, physios, recuperators …) about the exhaustive LaLiga protocol (23 pages) have more doubts about its content. First, due to the very clear distinction that is already made between immunized and non-immunized (in turn subdivided into two, high protection and medium protection), something that even Health is not yet very clear on not knowing the complex reality of the virus, and also on the isolation strategy if any COVID-19 positive appears. This is where the debate arises as to whether the entire workforce should be quarantined or not. The protocol says this: “In this case, within the staff, technical staff or members of the concentration, the positive must be immediately isolated in a place away from the concentration (for example, their habitual residence), the entire group of training, being set aside until the results are obtained, the facilities must be cleaned and disinfected and daily medical checks will be recommended. ” Setien is clear: “The protocol seems to me a sinvivir.” Something that, according to several professionals in sports psychology (not included among the essential personnel in those sports cities or concentration hotels), is a reality since the protocol says that the players stay in their rooms in that hypothetical concentration of about 20 people. around the sports staff and they will not hold meetings in common or private areas. Most agree on one idea: “Players have been in their homes for more than a month without being able to leave, like any citizen, and returning to be confined or isolated is not the best way to perform properly in the elite. It is not only the physical, but also the emotional aspect. If there is a risk, it is the same as not playing. ”last_img read more

Book on the life of G.C. Foster launched

first_imgOther than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.last_img read more